PS 58 Keeps It Green

PS 58 first announced plans for a green roof back in December, and later this month will be hosting eco-singer Tom Chapin.

, making strides toward becoming a more eco-friendly and healthy school, will host a special concert by Grammy-award winner Tom Chapin on October 23, whose nutritionally minded tunes will get kids dancing and thinking.

According to a profile on Chapin in The Brooklyn Paper, he will be debuting songs from his new album Give Peas a Chance, with songs like “Beans Talk” and “Life Grows On,” meant to get kids talking about living healthy and green.

The concert is part of National Food Day at PS 58, and is hosted in part by the Brooklyn Food Coalition. Tickets are $10 each in advance, or $12 at the door and will benefit the BFC. Raffles, a display of school food projects and a healthy lunch for all will round out the afternoon.

But this isn’t the first time PS 58 has gone “green.” Back in December, on the top of the school, where students would learn to grow and harvest their own food. The project has been led by science teachers Diana Marsh and Keith Wynne, who jumped on board after their first grade classrooms began to take an interest in the issue of global warming.

The project has been slow to take off, mostly because seed money is needed, and green roofs are generally very expensive to build and maintain. In the meantime, the school has built the Garden of Wonder, where food is grown for the cafeteria, not to mention a partnership with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Project Green Reach and Little Grassroots Blog, a forum started by students to discuss global warming issues.


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